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Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay
Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay

Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay

star-4.5
469 Reviews
3950 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, Nevada

The Basics

Wander through a viewing tunnel at the Shark Reef Aquarium’s largest exhibit, a shipwreck surrounded by 1.3 million gallons (4.9 million liters) of water. In addition to sharks, you’ll see salt- and freshwater fish, as well as sea turtles, golden crocodiles, giant rays, and more. The touch pool is a favorite among younger visitors, while certified divers have the opportunity to scuba dive in the tanks.

Admission to the aquarium is included in some multi-attraction Las Vegas sightseeing passes.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Las Vegas

star-5
Nice aquarium. Plan around an hour
Alice_R, Sep 2021
Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino
Sharks, sea turtles, jellyfish were amazing. It was all very clean and everyone working there was very friendly
star-5
Amazing place
Ariel_F, Sep 2021
Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino
The place is clean and family friendly. Perfect for kids. My toddler enjoy the experience in Shark reef aquarium.
star-5
Great service really clean
Karina_G, Sep 2021
Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino
The animals look great healthy really clean I hope I can bring my kids they will be in love with the sharks
star-4
A nice stop
Michael_M, Sep 2021
Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino
There is enough fish and sharks to see for a nice fill in between stops. The water is very clean so the animals are easibly seen. Not to crowded.
star-5
Nice variety
Cindy_B, Aug 2021
Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino
Enjoyed the variety of species. Neat and clean. Liked the limited capacity so you could get to a window and view with ease
star-5
I was awesome
Santos_R, Jul 2021
Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino
My third time going and it was amazing. It was clean and disinfected. I would definitely go again. Was a little hard looking for it though. There was a lot of changes
star-5
Not packed
Cma, Jun 2021
Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino
Not packed and being able to go at your own pace was great! Very clean! We were running a little late, that was absolutely no problem they let us go right on in
star-4
Shark Reef
Nena_K, Jun 2021
Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino
The most memorable parts is the exhibit itself, The touch tank was really cool. I wish the aquarium glass was cleaner, nonetheless it was a nice experience.
star-4
Worth visiting
TerRon_W, May 2021
Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino
I took mom wife and son here to enjoy the sharks and other sea creatures. Overall the experience was pretty good. They can go by pretty fast so I recommend not rushing and enjoying the sights. Some areas can get crowded the overall with social distancing I felt comfortable. The kids will enjoy this absolutely a must see and pretty affordable.
star-5
Excellent
linda_s, Sep 2021
Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino
Seeing the giant turtles and sharks swimming overhead! The layout of the aquarium was wonderful and maintaining the times helped with overcrowding.
star-4
Awesome
Melissa_B, Sep 2021
Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino
Very beautiful and a quiet break from the craziness of Vegas. We had a great time and our photos came out very cute.
star-5
The exhibit was simply...
Jacqueline_W, Sep 2021
Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino
The exhibit was simply awesome. It’s definitely a must see activity. The best part we’re the tunnels. The fish were literally swimming around you.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Most visitors spend around 45 to 60 minutes at the Shark Reef Aquarium.

  • An audio guide is available in English and Spanish.

  • Guests staying at the Mandalay Bay Resort can watch the Shark Reef channel on TV.

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How to Get There

The Shark Reef Aquarium is located near the South Convention Center in the Mandalay Bay Resort, at the southern end of Las Vegas Boulevard. You can easily get to the resort by car, taxi, shuttle, or the free Excalibur–Luxor–Mandalay Bay tram.

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When to Get There

The aquarium is open daily, usually with extended hours on weekends and over the summer. Last entry is an hour before closing. There’s no set schedule for animal feedings, but they often take place between 10am and 4pm.

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Aquariums in Las Vegas

Las Vegas has more than 10 aquariums, some of which can be found inside casinos. Besides the Shark Reef, check out these other popular aquariums: the Tank at the Golden Nugget, SeaQuest Las Vegas, the Aquarium at the Silverton Hotel, and the Atlantis Aquarium at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace.

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